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Al Gore on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Housing: Keep interest rates low; foster more savings. (Oct 2000)
  • Invest to increase median family income by one-third by 2010. (Sep 2000)
  • $200B to encourage more savings by low-income workers. (Jun 2000)
  • Second generation of welfare reform: focus on fatherhood. (Jun 2000)
  • Build 180,000 low-income homes; subsidize 120,000 more. (Apr 2000)
  • Investing in inner cities is good deed & good business. (Apr 2000)
  • 7M people off welfare: reform has worked. (Jan 2000)
  • Reduce child poverty via tax credits & minimum wage. (Jan 2000)
  • Invest in urban redevelopment and “Empowerment Zones”. (May 1999)

    Faith-based organizations

  • Strengthen voluntary charity as well as federal welfare. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports volunteerism thru faith-based organizations. (May 1999)
  • Corporations should match donations to faith-based orgs. (May 1999)
  • “Charitable Choice:” Fed funds for church-based welfare. (May 1999)
  • Faith-based organizations replace govt programs. (May 1999)
Alan Keyes on Welfare & Poverty
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  • No socialism for poor children-invigorate families instead. (Jan 2000)
  • Volunteer for community service; not via government funding. (Oct 1999)
  • Shift welfare from government to the faith sector. (Oct 1999)
  • Disintegration of the family causes social ills. (Jan 1999)
  • Jewish support of welfare for blacks causes enmity. (May 1996)
  • Encourage two-parent families instead of paying baby bonus. (May 1996)
Bill Bradley on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Reducing teen pregnancy will reduce poverty. (Aug 2000)
  • 1M kids lost health insurance:’96 welfare reform didn’t work. (Jan 2000)
  • Opposed 1996 Welfare Reform; now “wait & see” how it’s used. (Jan 2000)
  • Welfare is down, but deep poverty is up. (Jan 2000)
  • Bad ideas: block grants; 5-year cutoff. (Aug 1999)
  • Good ideas: federal commitment, address single-parenting. (Aug 1999)
  • Welfare should not require mothers to work. (Apr 1999)
  • Cut poverty to help cities; not welfare or aff. action. (Jan 1997)
  • Against welfare block grants to states. (Sep 1995)
  • Enlist civil institutions & churches for welfare reform. (Sep 1995)
Bill Clinton on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Help Low-income Fathers Support their Children. (Sep 2000)
  • End welfare as we know it. (Sep 2000)
  • Address Homelessness via federal, state, & county govt. (Jun 1999)
  • Welfare-to-work, instead of welfare as a way of life. (Jan 1996)
  • Welfare reform includes states, communities, & businesses. (Jan 1996)
Christie Todd Whitman on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Supports “Work First” & welfare benefit limits. (Dec 2000)
  • Help working poor with earned income tax credit. (Jan 2000)
Clarence Thomas on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Public housing entitlements are good programs. (Sep 1991)
Colin Powell on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Promise Five: Opportunities for community service. (Jan 8)
  • Teach kids volunteerism while young. (Jul 2000)
  • Reform the entitlement state, not just the welfare state. (Aug 1996)
Dick Cheney on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Bush’s call for charity not heeded by Cheney’s 2% donations. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted against WIC welfare nutrition programs. (Jul 2000)
  • Raise public housing rent; pay with oil import revenue. (Jan 1988)
  • Supported family services being provided by private groups. (Jan 1988)
  • Co-sponsored bills for workfare; for local farmer control. (Jan 1988)
  • Voted to cut public housing & mortgage subsidies. (Jan 1986)
  • Co-sponsored bills for Enterprise Zones. (Jan 1986)
Donald Trump on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Let “saints” help teen moms; restrict public assistance. (Jul 2000)
Elizabeth Dole on Welfare & Poverty
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    No stance on record.
Gary Bauer on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Pro-block grants; require teen moms to live with parents. (Jan 2000)
  • Allow religious organizations to provide welfare services. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports faith-based solutions for social ills. (May 1999)
George Bush Sr. on Welfare & Poverty
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  • 1000 points of light: replace spending with volunteers. (Jan 1989)
George W. Bush on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Fund faith-based social services, not worship services. (Jun 25)
  • Housing: Help low-income purchasers, and housing developers. (Oct 2000)
  • Housing: Use HUD rental vouchers for first home purchase. (Oct 2000)
  • Bush’s Texan philosophy for the poor: up-by-the-bootstraps. (Oct 2000)
  • Blueprint: promote charity, community, and safety. (Sep 2000)
  • Transform low-income rentals to home ownership. (Aug 2000)
  • Focus welfare on transition to work & responsibility. (Jun 2000)
  • $1.7B over 5 years for home rehabs in poor neighborhoods. (Apr 2000)
  • 50% tax credits for 20,000 home rehabs per year. (Apr 2000)
  • New Prosperity Initiative: rent vouchers; homeowner credits. (Apr 2000)
  • $1B & tax credits for Individual Development Accounts. (Apr 2000)
  • Remove tax “tollbooths” for poor single moms. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports low-income heating oil assistance program. (Dec 1999)
  • Work and responsibility to replace welfare. (Dec 1999)
  • Too much government fosters dependency. (Dec 1999)

    Faith-based organizations

  • Faith-based initiative keeps separation of church and state. (Feb 22)
  • Religious groups must be part of solution to society’s ills. (Jan 25)
  • Establish federal & state “offices of faith-based action”. (Jan 25)
  • Government solving social problems crowds out compassion. (Oct 2000)
  • Devolve welfare to both state and private charities. (Sep 2000)
  • Fund faith-based private programs that promote independence. (Jun 2000)
  • Compassion Capital Fund to foster church-based welfare. (Apr 2000)
  • Church-based solutions for drugs, daycare, & crime. (Apr 2000)
  • “No-strings” vouchers for religious groups to do charity. (Jan 2000)
  • Religious charities deserve government support. (Dec 1999)
  • Churches provide “armies of compassion” to help the poor. (Oct 1999)
  • Look first to faith-based organizations. (Aug 1999)
  • Religious groups compete for state service contracts. (Jun 1999)
Harry Browne on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Repealing taxes will foster charity. (Sep 2000)
  • End unemployment programs; feds out of employment biz. (Jan 2000)
  • Religious & community-based charities should handle welfare. (Jan 2000)
  • End welfare completely; no entitlements to others’ earnings. (May 1996)
  • War on Poverty & rent control cause poverty & homelessness. (May 1996)
  • Supports enterprise zones; eliminate govt regulations. (May 1996)
  • End welfare; return to private compassion & charity. (May 1996)
  • Community-based welfare ensured oversight & honesty. (Jul 1995)
  • Welfare perverts natural incentives & hence destroys lives. (Jul 1995)
  • 8-month transition, then end all welfare checks. (Jul 1995)
Hillary Clinton on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Lazio weakened housing standards and limited public housing. (Oct 2000)
  • Lazio fought against FHA on low-interest housing loans. (Oct 2000)
  • Equal access to capital and jobs. (Jan 2000)
  • Working should mean no poverty. (Jan 2000)
  • Community involvement helps, but only in short term. (Dec 1999)
  • Don’t criminalize the homeless. (Dec 1999)
  • Microcredit is an invaluable tool in alleviating poverty. (Feb 1997)
  • Link payments to good parenting behavior. (Feb 1997)
Howard Phillips on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Federally subsidized welfare should be ended. (Jan 2000)
  • End welfare; family income doubles when fed gov’t shrinks. (Sep 1999)
  • Deconstruct the humanist-globalist welfare state. (Nov 1992)
Jesse Ventura on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Transition from Welfare to Self-Sufficiency. (Dec 2000)
  • Social programs should be a safety net, not a hammock. (Jul 2000)
  • Focus welfare on jobs & training. (Jul 2000)
  • Believes in private charity, not government charity. (Jan 1999)
Jimmy Carter on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Spends one week per year building affordable housing. (Dec 2000)
John Ashcroft on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Allow states to contract with charitable organizations. (Nov 2000)
  • Charitable Choice helps break cycle of poverty. (Sep 2000)
John Hagelin on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Supports tax credits for job creation & empowerment zones. (Jan 2000)
  • Welfare via block grants; focus on job creation. (Jan 2000)
John McCain on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Supports block grants, welfare-to-work, state control. (Jan 2000)
  • Anti-poverty shared by gov’t & faith-based orgs. (Jan 2000)
  • List unoccupied HUD-owned homes, & give them away. (Feb 1999)
  • Use tax code to address unemployment & working conditions. (Jul 1998)
  • More housing assistance; tax breaks against homelessness. (Jul 1998)
  • Pro-block grants; pro-welfare-to-work. (Jul 1998)
Mario Cuomo on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Support workfare, enforce child support, state flexibility. (Jul 1995)
Newt Gingrich on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Eight steps to improve opportunity for poor. (Jul 1995)
Pat Buchanan on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Welfare is a state and local responsibility. (Jan 2000)
  • Corporations are “amoral behemoths”. (Sep 1999)
Ralph Nader on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Charity work is good; but politics addresses root causes. (Oct 2000)
  • Attack corporate welfare kings, not poor welfare queens. (Oct 2000)
  • Limit executive compensation to 30-to-1 over lowest pay. (Oct 2000)
  • Domestic Marshall Plan to abolish poverty. (Oct 2000)
  • Democracy can’t co-exist with gross income inequality. (Jun 2000)
  • Retail malls siphon off business from central cities. (May 2000)
  • Homelessness is peaking despite good economy. (May 2000)
  • Big business lobbying subordinates democracy. (Feb 2000)
  • Training & earned income credits are corporate subsidies. (Apr 1996)

    Consumer Rights

  • Help for ordinary people should replace corporate welfare. (Sep 2000)
  • Address corporate crimes piecemeal AND by revoking charters. (Feb 2000)
  • Stop giving corporations the same rights as people. (Dec 1995)
Rev. Jesse Jackson on Welfare & Poverty
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  • We spend more on corporate welfare than on AFDC. (Aug 1995)
  • Poor are not lazy; they do our dirty work. (Aug 1995)
  • Deal forcefully with “permanent disaster areas” in cities. (Jul 1991)
Ronald Reagan on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Cut back AFDC & other targeted poverty programs. (Jul 1991)
  • Championed “workfare” as California Governor. (Jul 1991)
  • As CA Governor, opposed AFDC as rewarding lack of work. (Jan 1971)
Ross Perot on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Get business & churches involved with schools. (Jul 1996)
  • Transform welfare recipients to productive citizens. (Jul 1996)
  • Massive redistribution from wealthy to poor. (Nov 1992)
Rudy Giuliani on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Welfare offices as job centers. (Jan 2000)
  • The homeless need special attention: reach out & help. (Jan 2000)
  • Change welfare offices into job centers. (Dec 1999)
  • 460,000 moved off welfare rolls during Rudy’s tenure. (Dec 1999)
  • Do whatever it takes to get the homeless off the streets. (Dec 1999)
  • Govt stabilizes business; businesses provide jobs. (Sep 1997)
Steve Forbes on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Federal welfare is devolving to state and community. (May 1999)
  • ‘Homestead Act’ for tenants to own projects. (Nov 1995)
  • Charitable deduction gone under Flat Tax; but giving is not. (Nov 1995)
  • Supports Enterprise Zones as welfare opportunity. (Nov 1995)
Tommy Thompson on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Replace welfare program with self-sufficiency program. (Jan 8)
  • Replace Welfare with the Tools to Succeed. (Dec 2000)
  • Early leader in welfare reform. (Dec 2000)
  • No government handouts; demand something in return. (Aug 1995)
  • Supports block grants to foster state experimentation. (Aug 1995)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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